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Secret agent Michael Westen finds himself cut off from his contacts and his cash, so he agrees to help a man clear his name in a high-priced art theft. Along the way he gets help from his ex-girlfriend and a retired agent, and receives plenty of grief from his mother who is unaware of his career.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 10105-06-179
Airdate: Thursday June 28th, 2007
Special Airtime: 10:00 pm

Director: Jace Alexander
Writer: Matt Nix

Alternate Airdates:

AU (one) Jan 15, 2008
UK (FOX) Oct 05, 2008
NL (RTL 5) Jan 06, 2009


Guest Stars
Arturo FernandezArturo Fernandez
As Sugar
Brandon MorrisBrandon Morris
As Agent Lane
Chance KellyChance Kelly
As Vincent
China ChowChina Chow
As Lucy
Craig WroeCraig Wroe
As Walter
David ZayasDavid Zayas
As Javier
George TasudisGeorge Tasudis
As Oleg
Marc MacAulayMarc MacAulay
As Agent Harris
Paul TeiPaul Tei
As Barry Burkowski
Ray WiseRay Wise
As Mr. Pyne
Dan KellyDan Kelly
As Account Manager
Dan MartinDan Martin
As Dan Siebels
Mayra PirakMayra Pirak
As Pay Phone Girl
Reggie PierreReggie Pierre
As Abendigo

Co-Guest Stars
Megan GallacherMegan Gallacher
As Girl on Cell Phone
Nicholas SimmonsNicholas Simmons
As Posse Member
Rey HernandezRey Hernandez
As Muscle Kid
Jason BartleyJason Bartley
As Abendigo's Henchman
Nicholas AlexanderNicholas Alexander
As Skateboarder
Stacy Anne RoseStacy Anne Rose
As Desk Clerk
Steven CrowleySteven Crowley
As Club Guy
Main Cast
Jeffrey DonovanJeffrey Donovan
As Michael Westen
Gabrielle AnwarGabrielle Anwar
As Fiona Glenanne
Bruce CampbellBruce Campbell
As Sam Axe
Sharon GlessSharon Gless
As Madeline Westen
Episode Notes
This episode was aired commercial-free through sposorship by DirecTV.

During her interview, Gabrielle Anwar improvised kicking Michael to wake him up. They liked it, so they wrote it in.

The episode, initially an hour and a half long, was broken into two separate episodes for rerun purposes.

This is the first of two full feature length episodes.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
La FranGamesWhen Michael makes the fake bomb
Pimp Da PenHeyWhen Michael is on his way to meet his client

Episode Quotes
Michael: Sam, don't sprinkle sugar on this bull and call it candy.

Michael: I find it hard to hide a gun in a bathing suit.

Michael: When a spy gets fired, he doesn't get a call from the lady in H.R. and a gold watch. They cut him off. They make sure he can never work again. They can't take away his skills or what's in his head, so they take away the resources that allow him to function. They burn him.

Michael: In a fight, you have to be careful not to break the little bones in your hand on someone's face. That's why I like bathrooms. Lots of hard surfaces.

Sam: You know spies, bunch of bitchy little girls. The good news for you? I'm a drunk and a wash out already so I can talk to whoever I want, burned or no.

(phone call)
Michael: Hello?

Madeline: Michael?

Michael: Mom?

(narration) My mom would have been a great NSA communications operative. (End narration)

How did you get this number?

Madeline: That's how you greet your mother? I got it from your girlfriend Fiona.

Episode Goofs
When Michael is escaping from Nigeria, they show him boarding a plane with blue and yellow paint and with the wings high on the body.

When they show him taking off, they show a plane with red paint and lower set wings.

Right before he found out that he'd been burned, Michael was reading an ABA number for a transfer. He rattled off 10 numbers and was continuing when he was interrupted. ABA numbers only have 9 digits.

Cultural References
Series Title: Burn Notice

According to the Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, a burn notice is an "official statement by one intelligence agency to other agencies, domestic or foreign, that an individual or group is unreliable for any of a variety of reasons."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMatt Nix
Executive ProducerMikkel Bondesen  |  Matt Nix
ProducerJeff Freilich
Co-ProducerDavid Levine (1)
Consulting ProducerMichael J. Wilson
Associate ProducerTony Lara  |  Craig Yahata
Production DesignerJ. Mark Harrington
EditorCasey Brown (1)
CastingWendy Weidman  |  Rebecca Mangieri  |  Barbara Fiorentino  |  Lori Wyman
Line ProducerTerry Miller
Unit Production ManagerTerry Miller
First Assistant DirectorMelanie M. Grefe
Second Assistant DirectorOscar Aguirre
Music EditorKevin Bassinson
Costume DesignerDanny Santiago
HairstylistCouqui Collazo
Key GripThomas Smaling
Set DecoratorBarbara Peterson
Location ManagerJennifer Radzikowski
Transportation CoordinatorLarry Crenshaw
Property MasterCharlie Guanci, Jr
Construction CoordinatorMichael Metzel
Production Sound MixerScott Clements
Script SupervisorMelinda Taksen
Production CoordinatorSimi Wein
Post Production SupervisorTony Lara
Supervising Sound EditorAlbert Ibbotson
Re-Recording MixerSherry Klein  |  Fred Tator
GafferFred Valentine
Director of PhotographyRoy H. Wagner
Production SupervisorElayne Keratsis
Production AccountantRick Sulier
ScoreJohn Dickson
"A" Camera OperatorMike McGowan Jr
Makeup ArtistErin Koplow
Best Boy GripDave Robinson
"B" Camera OperatorAl Pavoni
"A" Camera First AssistantT. Michael McLean
"B" Camera First AssistantPaul Crumper  |  Paul Krumper
Best Boy ElectricJack Rose (2)
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